The Masked Ball

On one level the masked ball is a way to get Romeo to meet Juliet. The ball would also have been something that Elizabethan audiences would have enjoyed for the costumes and a glimpse of upper class life. In both films that we watched it provides a musical interlude and a break from the violence. We also see that when there are clear rules of behaviour both families can co-exist.

We have talked a lot about identity lately and the masked ball shows us that if the family name is taken away that Romeo and Juliet can fall in love like any other teenagers. The masks help us to understand that.

Find out three things about the use of masque in Shakespearean times and add as a comment. Go here for information.

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23 thoughts on “The Masked Ball

  1. Elizabethan theatre consisted only of men so it comes as a surprise that women were aloud to perform at masques.At one point an architecht was employed to create ‘lavish’ sets for the masque. A masque was often read like a verse but had music and dance to accompany it.

  2. A Masque was a person that disguised players representing mythological or allegorical figures.

    the Elizabethan masque can be dated back to the ancient custom and ritual of mummy making

    Masques were often produced for the queen

  3. 1.
    Elizabethan masques had unusual names such as the ‘Tinternell’, ‘Maske of Queens’, ‘The Earl of Essex’s Measure’, Lord Zouch’s Maske and the ‘Turkeylony’ – many of these titles reflected the names of the patrons who employed Elizabethan dramatists and composers to produce new masque productions.
    2.
    History of Elizabethan Masques – the Mummers
    The history of the Elizabethan masque dated back to the ancient custom and ritual of ‘Mumming’ which were performed by ‘Mummers’. The first mummers performed mimes, plays without words re-enacting old stories, legends and myths particularly those about Saint George.
    3.
    This traditional, romantic type of masque theme, emphasising the strength of men and the vulnerability of women, was not unusual. Masques also promoted the notion of marriage and men protecting their women.

  4. Masques involved music and dancing as well as acting. It was developed in Italy. It was common in 16th and 17th century Europe

  5. 1)The Masque was a form of upper class entertainment that first became popular in King Henry VIII’s court. This form of entertainment continued into the elizabethean era as they were lavish and wonderful entertainment for the queen qnd other rich patrons.

    2)The costumes worn for elizabethin masques were lavish and beautiful, often not worn in the popular style at the present time. No expense was spared in the way of costume jewelry and elaborate wigs or make up if you were not wearing the mask.

    3)All members of the court, including women were allowed to perform in the masques. Because of the element of disguise this was permitted as in normal theatre performing was considered lowly and immoral. This gave a chance for women to show off their singing and dancing skills and wear lavish costumes.

  6. The masks in the elizabethian era were used to hide identities, to show peoples personalities by how they colored the mask or how they design it and they can make a mask of a beast that can be played in a performance.

  7. -The masque was a form of festive courtly entertainment which flourished in sixteenth and early seventeenth century Europe.
    -The theme mainly adhered to the praises and eulogy to the patron, host or most eminent guest
    -Several ladies and men and women of nobility are also said to have participated in masques.

  8. *The masque involved music, dancing, singing and acting
    *Professional actors and musicians would be hired for the speaking and singing parts
    *At the end of the night, people would remove their masks to show their true indentities.

  9. 1. The form of entertainment known as Masques first became popular at the court of King Henry VIII

    2. A Masque was a lavish, dramatic entertainment often spoken in verse, usually performed by masked, disguised players representing mythological or allegorical figures

    3. The first recorded appearance of Anne Boleyn at the Tudor Court was on March 1, 1522 at a masque

  10. They had really extravagant costumes, for example Greek Gods, fairies and other mythical creatures. Women were allowed to perform, unlike other pieces of Elizabethan entertainment. They put a lot of effort into the scenery.

  11. masks can hide peoples identity so thier true identity still remain a mystery. thiswill allow people to act different and not feel embarresed

  12. 1)TO HIDE PEOPLES FACES
    2)THEY INVOLVE MUSIC DANCE AND ACTING
    3)AT THE END OF THE NIGHT THEY REMOVE THE MASQUES TO REVELE THREI IDENTITY

  13. ELIZABETHAN MASQUES
    Masques became known in the court of King Henry VIII.This is a form of renaissance upper class entertainment.A masque was a lavish drama skit.Masques kept the role players in disguise.Masques were also performed at festivals, weddings, christmas.
    THE MUMMERS
    The first mummers did mimes and plays without vocabulary bringing legends and myths to life.The word ‘mum’ means silent. All mummers were identity protected by vizards and masks.

  14. 1.Through a disguise you could not only change your appearance you could also change your day to day appearance, you could be some one else.
    2.It was a way to connect to the theatre.
    3.Alot of money was spent on costume design, so it provided away to show off the amount of money you had.

  15. Costumes worn for elizabethan masques were fantastic and extravagant, relating to the current style and fashion.
    Women were allowed to perform in masques where as they would not be allowed to in other Elizabethan entertainment.
    They put alot of money and effort into making their lavish costume for masques.

  16. -The masque was associated with dancing and playing of music which provided entertainment.

    -Many people gave a romantic theme to the masque, showing strength in men.

    -In Shakespearean times male actors portrayed women aswell, but women were able to perform at Masques.

  17. A Masque was secretive, dramatic, and masks your appearance so it gives the person a mysterious presence.
    They could dress up as their favourite mythical character.
    They kept their identity as a secret and if they felt so, they would take off the mask and reveal themselves.

  18. 1) Elizabethan Masques date back to the ‘
    Mummers’ who used the masques in their silent plays that were re-enhanced old stories or legends. The Mummers used the mask as a disguise when they were performing their plays.
    2) Elizabethan masks were used to add ‘glamor’ to the plays and the sets. They payed lots of attention to the detail of the masks and props.
    3) The masks were used to represent how rich and ‘classy’ you were. This showed by how much money you spent on a mask and how detailed it was.

  19. 1) The history of Elizabethan masques dates back to the custom and ritual of Mumming. The first mummers performed mimes, re-enacting old stories, legends and myths.

    2) This style of masque theme, emphasising the strength of men and the fragility of women, was very common. Masques also gave the idea of marriage were the men protected their women.

    3) Elizabethan masques had names like the ‘Tinternell’, ‘Maske of Queens’, ‘The Earl of Essex’s Measure’, Lord Zouch’s Maske and the ‘Turkeylony’. a lot of these titles are to do with the names of the people who payed for the musicians and dramatists to produce new masque productions.

  20. Masque was a dramatic entertainment, performed by masked people. Their masques would usually represent mytholgical creatures. Masque was popular in Enlgand in the 16th and early 17th centuries.

  21. 1. They had fantastic costumes representing Greek Gods and Goddesses, fairies and mythical creatures.
    2.Women werent allowed to perform in normal Elizabethan plays, but for masques they were allowed.
    3.They spent alot of money and effort on the scenery

  22. 1. Masks can hide peoples identity so thier true identity still remain a mystery. this will allow people to act different and not feel embarresed.

    2. They were used in theatre.

    3. it represented how much money you have by the quality of your mask.

  23. 1.The form of entertainment known as Masques first became popular at the court of King Henry VIII

    2.The history of the Elizabethan masque dated back to the ancient custom and ritual of ‘Mumming’ which were performed by ‘Mummers’

    3.Elizabethan masques were also performed outdoors during the summer months.

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